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Garb Family History

Garb Name Meaning

German: occupational name for a tanner, from the dialect word garb, Middle High German garwe. See also Gerber. German: from a short form of a personal name formed with Old High German ger ‘spear’, ‘lance’. Compare Gerhardt. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): descriptive nickname from Polish garb ‘hump’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Garr, Harb, Garbe, Garn, Farb, Bar, Gaub, Darr, Mar, Kalb

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Where is the Garb family from?

You can see how Garb families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Garb family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Garb families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 10 Garb families living in New York. This was about 53% of all the recorded Garb's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Garb families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Garb surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Garb ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Garb. 29% of Garb men worked as a Salesman and 20% of Garb women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Garb were Laborer and Stenographer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Salesman
    29%
  • Proprietor
    15%
  • Manager
    8%
  • Laborer
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    20%
  • Housewife
    14%
  • Clerk
    14%
  • Stenographer
    14%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Garb. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Garb census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 710 immigration records available for the last name Garb. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 664 military records available for the last name Garb. For the veterans among your Garb ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Garb lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Garb life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Garb in 1957 was 55, and 61 in 2004.

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